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tonight on "world news," hot seat. a billionaire father and son defend the empire. saying, they are sorry. but rupert murdoch's wife defends the titan from a man wielding a pie. hot house. 20 million americans in temperatures high as the tropics. steamy fog on the beach. and cars so hot, a steak cooks on the dashboard. fever pitch. americans sound off about grid lock among politicians. and we take your comments straight to the top. avoiding alzheimer's? tonight in healthy living, do you know the seven simple steps that might keep you from getting the disease? and, live big. one gutsy woman decides to challenge the limits of middle age. her 60-hour nonstop swim with
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the sharks, a rallying cry for every life. good evening. the 80-year-old global power brok broker rupert murdoch called this the most humble day of his life. and we catched him called to account in front of british parliament, for the scandal that outraged the world. next to him, the son he h h once hoped would be his successor. and there, right in the center, in the pink jacket, rupert murdoch's wife, who played a surprising role when a heckler with a pie tried to attack her husband and she moved in. it is hard not to see what happened today as a kind of shakespearean drama, and jeffrey kofman was there watching it all in london. jeffrey, good evening. >> reporter: and good evening to you, diane. that's right. it was a very public family drama. a dynasty given a chance to salvage its reputation and
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scrambling to save itself in destruction. murdoch and his son couldn't stop apologizing throughout the afternoon. but while we heard a lot of humble pie, there was a different kind of pie that stole the show. james murdoch was about to answer a question when suddenly on the left, it was so fast, it was hard to see what happened. but look again. slowly. a man with a paper plate covered in shaving cream takes aim at rupert murdoch, muttering, "you greedy billionaire." the woman in pink, his wife, slaps the assailant. the man, a self-described comic, was arrested. this is a day rupert murdoch and his son did not want to see. they were summoned to answer questions from politicians about the scandal that has rocked this country. >> do you have anything you want to say to the victims of phone hacking? >> reporter: allegations of widespread criminal activity by reporters at murdoch's shuttered tabloid, "the news of the world," and a cover up involving politicians and the police.
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listen to this, from a man infamous for his ruthlessnessar. >> this is the most humble day of my life. >> reporter: there they were in matching suits, shirts and ties, the patriarch and the heir apparent of the world's mooirgtiest business dynasty. rupert murdoch, born in australia, age 80, an american citizen, presides over a global empire with $33 billion in revenue. father of six children from three marriages, he's the boss, but the buck does not stop with him and he is not planning to step aside. >> because i feel people i trusted bestr stratrayed the cod me and it's for them to pay. i think that, frankly, i'm the best person to clear this up. >> reporter: at his side, james, age 38, an american citizen. runs company operations in europe and asia. when he was younger, he was the family rebel. now, if he can hold on, he'll take over from his dad.
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>> if i knew then what we know now, we would have taken more action around that and move faster to get to the bottom of these allegations. >> reporter: it was james who did most of the talking, coming to his father's aide as he stumbled. and, what about the woman who saved her husband from humiliation? she is wendi deng, born in china, four years older than her step-son, an american citizen. she became rupert murdoch's third and fiercely loyal wife in 199 9. and the other theme that we heard over and over today from murdoch, father and son, was that they simply didn't know. they had no idea of this alleged criminality that was so widespread at "the news of the world." they said they would have moved to stop it long ago. diane? >> jeffrey, thank you. and there is one more thing we noticece there was one audience that gave a kind of minute by minute review of the proceedings today. take a look at what happened to rupert murdoch's stock price during his testimony. it kept ticking higher.
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at the end of the day, shares rose more than 5%, restoring $2.15 billion of the $8 billion lost so far in the scandal. and we move on now to the 200 millions americans feeling the real heat tonight. sweltering in dangerous extremes. the smothering wall of hot air baking 36 states, making the air feel like almost 120 degrees. abc's matt gutman is in oklahoma city, where the temperature has been 100 or higher for almost every day this month. a good sweltering evening to you, matt. >> reporter: and to you, diane. this is camp shy low, and like the rest of oklahoma city, it's staggering through its 23rd consecutive day of triple different heat. but it feels hotter than that. check out this thermometer. it reads 120 degrees on the grass. we heard it was so hot, you could actually cook a steak on a dashboarar of a car. we gave it a try.
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the deadly heat that's battering the country's midsection has so far set or broken 1,000 records this month alone. it kicked up this towering dust storm in phoenix and left roads buckling on highs from texas all the way to minnesota. this camp is sweating through its 88th summer. the camp director. >> this is the hottest week on record here at the camp. >> reporter: in chicago, the heat stirred up this soupy fog, dangerous enough to chase swimmers from lake michigan. this noaa map shows the heat gobbling up most of the country like a virus. indeed, on average, the heat kills more americans than hurricices or tornadoes. here in oklahoma city, five highways buckles this month. last year, zero. >> you have that concrete that's expanding in this extreme heat and of course it doesn't have any place to go. it has no choice but to pop up.
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>> reporter: and kids with no choice but to head indoors. >> let's go, it's too hot. >> reporter: how hot is it? we j jt took this juicy t-bone out of the fridge. we're going to see if we can cook it on this dashboard of te car. i parked it about ten minutes ago. and, already, dashboard reads 151 degrees. we came back about two hours later. 195 degrees. experts say this is cooked enough to eat. and this is the steak, diane. now, i can't say that i would eat it but it is cooked. in fact, it's probably about immedia medium well, diane. >> thank you, matt. and two hours, you said, to do it. thank you, matt gutman. and now, you speak out. we have hearing it from every corner of the country, and tonight, our new abc news poll drives it home. americans telling washington you are furious at the continued squabbling among politicians.
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80% of you dissatisfied and angry with the federal government. and that's a 20-year high. republicans baring the brunt of the blame. 67% disapprove of the way republicans in congress are handling the economy. 57% disapprove of the president. and that countdown clock shows the economic timebomb is still ticking towards default, two weeks from today. so, abc's jon karl took your messages straight to the lawmakers in the middle of the mess. jon? >> reporter: yes,, diane. we have -- we went and talked to members of congress i i botot chambers, gave their reaction to what we're hearing in terms of the anger coming from the american people. a grup of freshmen house republicans descended on the white house today demanding the president come up with a plan to deal with the debt. >> don't keep shirking your responsibility. >> what is your written plan? >> reporter: but across the country, voters are telling washington they're disgusted
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with all sides. >> they need to get off the dime. >> we've had enough. >> get it done. >> reporter: we went around capitol hill to put your concerns directly to those in power. starting with democratic senator mark warner of virginia. senator, this is peggy from richmond, virginia. >> if we're really not careful, we're going to end up with a depression that is far worse than the one that our parents and our grandparents lived through. >> reporter: can you say anything that will reassure her about this process? >> i can assure you one thing. i'm every bit as worried as peggy is, probably more. i'd say, if we don't fix this, all of us oughgh to get fired. >> reporter: utah's orrin hatch says no way to any tax increases. >> i think it's a disgrace that the politicians can't get the budget together. >> reporter: don't you have to stop blaming the other side and actually working with -- >> not when they're wrong. >> reporter: allen west is a tea party republican. >> i would like to see
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congressmen and senators stand there and not have a little d or a little r in front of their names. >> reporter: you guys aren't even talking to each other. >> you're standing here with a guy that's not willing to put the credit of this country at risk. >> reporter: but you're vote against a debt -- >> absolutely. >> reporter: emanuel cleaver is a liberal democrat. is common sense going to prevail?l? >> well, we don't have a lot of common sense here right now. and the public contributes to that by supporting people who are on skin nant. >> so, jon, what happened today? >> reporter: a first glimmer of hope. a bipartisan group of senators produgsed a plan for deficit reduction, inwhat colluding a mix of deep spending cuts. 50 senators were there. a lot of positive statements said about it. but don't bank on it, diane. i'm hearing a lot of criticism of this plan, being looked at. leadership in either party seems to like it. >> those poll numbers and anger
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going to keep rising. thank you, jon karl. and now, the two most dangerous terrorists on earth, about to join forces. u.s. officials tell abc news that top al qaeded leader ayman al zawahiri and anwar al awlaki will soon announce what amounts to a terrorist merger. they joint targets, reportedly american sites abroad. and we have just learned of a drama, a near miss days after the raid that killed bin laden. abc's defense expert martha raddatz with exclusive details. >> reporter: it is here on these dangerous streets where, over the years, we have watched al qaeda flourish. and leading them? anwar al awlaki, the terrorist officials say is theost likely to launch the next successful attack against americans. last may, u.s. officials tell abc news that the u.s. military dispatched carrier jets,
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predator drones and a special operations aircraft to follow a pickup truck in which awlaki was a passenger. but this mission would be marred by what an o official describeds a series of errors. crews tracking awlaki were unable to keep the laser, which gimds the weapons, honed in on the moving truck. the first missile came from the special operations aircraft. it missed. that gave awlaki time to call addition alabama kwid operatives for help. more missiles were fired from the hairiers and predator. a huge fire ball engulfed the truck but u.s. military trackers sat stunned as they watched the truck drive right out of the fire ball to safety. the aircraft tried to keep tracking awlaki, but between the cloud cover and confusion in the air, awlaki managed to switch vehicles. when the u.s. finally did hit the original truck after three
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failed missile strikes, two of his operatives were killed, but awlaki disappeared. still, the number one target. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. and still ahead right here on "world news," a new battle plan to avoidd alzheimer's. seven things you can do right now. boomer couples. inventing a new kind of marriage, apart, but together? and, 103 miles in shark-infested waters. someone we all know issuing a challenge for everyone at the age of 61. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day
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if you're overweight or have diabetes, they believe your risk is greater. and, of course, the one that always sends us grabbing for the crossword puzzle. if you don't regularly stimulate your mind the good news is, these are all things that can be created or change. which is why today's news was viewed as a call to action. >> i'm very excited about this study. it's not to complete answer. but take the things you can do something about t d do that and you'll be better for it. >> reporter: if the researchers are right, and this list of seven risk factors really do play a big role in developing alzheimer's, then there's reason to hope. the researchers say if everybody reduced their risk factors by 25%, smoking 25% less, exercising 25% more, then half a cocod be prevented.f alzheimer's so, are you telling us today that you believe that alzheimer's disease can be prevented? >> if you look at it as a part of a comprehensive look at brain health, yes. you can keep your brain healthy. >> reporter: so, the message
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tonight? throw out those cigarettes. reach for the crossword. and get off that couch. it's good for your body today and possibly your mind tomorrow. linsey davis, abc news, new york. and coming up, boomer couples and the good life. reinventing what it means to be marri married. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer.
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10,000 americans turning 65 every day and the boomers who have changed the rules in every other decade of their lives are now inventing a new kind of marriage. together, but apart? here's abc's claire shipman. >> reporter: side by side through life, hand in hand growing older. that was supposed to be the best thing about retirement, right? think again. meet the chatfields. jane chatfield thrives on the rich bustle of city life. >> i love, i suppose, first of all, being around young people. all those young pony tails bobbing up and down as they stay in shape. the rowers on the river. that's gorgeous. >> reporter: she and her husband john spent most of their marriage a team. upon retirement, they looked towards maine, his favorite haunt. >> we had the first conversations about retirement to maine and sometime before we were married. >> reporter: but a funny thing happened on the way to a full-time existence there. he loved it. she didn't, espspially the
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winters. wasn't exactly what you had hoped for. >> i got through the first winder and i felt, all right, i can do this. but that sort of a sense of person stranded who said, yeah, i can hold on a little longer. >> reporter: so, jane decided to make cambridge, massachusetts, her winter home. >> there are times when i miss her very, very much. >> reporter: do you think your relationship has grown stronger because of this arrangement? >> i think i've been less wimpy. i realize the time we're together, i can be more articulate about what i really need or want or would like and i think you respect me more because of that. >> well, it's certainly true. >> i can beat you up. >> it's a diffefent generation of women that want to have a voice. it no longer just adjusting to the husband's, quote, retirement. i think we're going to see more living together but apart. >> repepter: and the chatfields
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aren't alone. while jim is at home pursuing his passions, working at a museum of biking, susan is in honduras, volunteering for months at a time, or living in san antonio, helping underprivileged kids. the lesson? >> if your spouse is happy and content in their heart, then your relationship is extremely strong. >> reporter: now, the rosses celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this week so, this kind of trend, separation, may actually give wedding vows is a boost, because a third of boomers, diane, say, they can't decide, can't agree where they want to retire and even bigger percentage say they can't agree on a financial plan. and that's up tomorrow. money. >> finances tomorrow. thank you, claire. and coming up, an athlete is back. diana niaz, issuing a new challenge to everyone in their 60s. it's simp ... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion.
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west, through shark-infested waters. and why? here, she tells you. >> turning 60, for the first time in my life, threw me into kind of an angst of worry and regrets over what i had not done through the course of my life and how little time, how much choking little time there would be left. and i decided to reach out for something that would take commitment. that would take everything in me. and i decided one day, a lightbulb went off, and you know what since that day, i haven't had one day of regret or one worry about how little time there is left. because i'm that immersed in the moment. that's the message. live your life big. burn the candle large. it's not a sensation alycic statement to say the sharks here are dangerous. they are aggressive, they are curious, and they for thousands of years have heard a fluttering on the surface to mean to them, dinner bell. it's going to be at daunting task. i feel confident. i'll admit to you, though, i
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feel afraid. when i tried to swim in 1978, i was 28 years old. i didn't have as much fat on the bold. on the other hand, at this age, i dodoeel aittle bit more bullish. so, i think in an emotional mental sort of stance, i'm at an athletic prime at even just one month shy of 62. so, when i go to sleep at night, i say, how much more could i put into this day? nothing. that's the way i want to live. >> diana nyad, in training now. she should launch in another couple of weeks. we'll let you know when. thank you for watching. we're always on at "nightline" later. and we will see you here tomorrow night. good night.
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